Inside NIDA: Sonnets with Jennifer West

Inside NIDA is an illuminating series of videos captured during some of our Master of Fine Arts (MFA), Bachelor of Fine Arts (BFA) and Vocational Diploma courses. In this instalment, we see leading Australian voice practitioner, Jennifer West, coach our MFA (Voice) students. We find out what it takes to successfully warm up the voice, … Read More

Taking #NewYearNewYou to the next level

A new year is underway and a fresh level of ambition is coursing through our veins. With goals to focus on in our work and personal lives, it’s worth giving some thought to how we can maximise our connections to get where we want to go in 2017. Who do you want to influence this … Read More

Do you have an invisible behaviour?

Imagine being held at gunpoint. Now reflect on your reaction to being held at gunpoint. Would you yell or scream? Duck and run? Look the perpetrator in the eye and fight? Or would you do the completely unexpected?  Our reactions and what we communicate – through our body language, voice, and actions – can drastically … Read More

The Great Australian Blight

So, what I want to say is, ummm, you know, like, really, ahhh, (ahem), excuse me, yes no, it’s like, well… Does any of that sound familiar? At NIDA Corporate, we call the ‘ums and ahs’ filler words. It is a vocabulary that is constantly, like shifting, yeah? As Australians we are behind the communication … Read More

Tara Winkler’s road to TEDx Sydney – part one

NIDA Corporate is working with Tara Winkler, the Managing Director of the Cambodian Children’s Trust (CCT) which she established with Jedtha Pon in 2007 in order to rescue fourteen children from a corrupt and abusive orphanage. In 2011 Tara was awarded NSW Young Australian of the Year in recognition of her work with CCT, she has been … Read More

Face Your Fears and Enjoy the Ride

Why do we expect ourselves to overcome obstacles without ever doing the thing we fear? We swerved toward the edge of the precipice. This road had been carved by men who abseiled down the cliff face and hurled blocks of TNT into the rock. It is a sheer, cavernous drop and one of the most … Read More

Be Heard - 3 minute warm-up

Be heard – 3 minute voice warm up

The voice enables us to engage, excite, enthuse, calm or persuade. NIDA’s Corporate Performance team has worked with people from many different industries to help them learn how to make the most out of the best communication tool they have – their voice. Course Manager and NIDA Graduate, Lyn Lee has worked extensively with coaches … Read More

Straight Down the Barrel

It’s interesting that people use the phrases “Looking down the barrel of the camera” and “Looking down the barrel of a gun”. For a lot of us, both are equally terrifying. I’ve spent my professional performance career ricocheting from stage to screen and learning the techniques of both mediums. What I have learnt from this … Read More

Top tips for networking with confidence and ease

It is part of my good fortune to have worked at sea as an Entertainment Officer on board ship. In this capacity I organised all the entertainment, from making paper flowers to singing with the band, directing the floorshows, organising the deck sports and being hostess at the Captain’s cocktail parties. We had cocktail parties … Read More